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The moment I enter the office, I feel at home.”

Home Care Instructions

Home care is essential to maintaining a life of oral health. A good routine is simple and will take no more than 5 minutes daily. Brushing, flossing and using a fluoridated mouth rinse are the essential elements to home care. Please read the links for brushing, flossing and mouth rinses for more information.

I expect and hope that all of my patients will:

  • Brush twice daily, preferably after breakfast and dinner.
  • Floss daily, insuring all tooth surfaces are free of debris.
  • Use a fluoridated mouth rinse.

Brushing

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against the gums.
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • Use the “toe” of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up and down stroke.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Flossing

  • Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gum line, where periodontal disease often begins.
  • If you find using floss awkward or difficult, ask your dental hygienist about the variety of dental floss holders or interdental cleaning devices that are available.

Rinsing

  • There are many mouth rinses on the market. We recommend that you use a mouth rinse that contains fluoride. ACT is a common brand sold at most drugstores, generic brands are equally effective as long as they contain fluoride.
  • Fluoride containing rinses should be used for 30 seconds twice a day (morning and night).